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Kauffman Bill Addresses Registration of Out-of-State Pharmacies
HARRISBURG – Under legislation approved by the state House of Representatives today, out-of-state pharmacies would be required to register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy if they fill prescriptions for Commonwealth residents, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin).

“The 89th Legislative District, which I represent, has a number of residents who have their prescriptions filled by pharmacies in Maryland,” said Kauffman. “The problem arises when a Pennsylvania resident has an issue with an out-of-state pharmacy not registered with the Commonwealth, thereby leaving the state with no opportunity to take disciplinary action. My legislation will ensure that, like 48 other states, Pennsylvania will require registration of out-of-state pharmacies wishing to conduct business with Pennsylvania residents.”

Specifically, House Bill 1822 would require nonresident pharmacies to register with the Pennsylvania State Board of Pharmacy every two years and report to the board within 30 days of any disciplinary action taken by the licensing agency in the pharmacy’s home state. It also prohibits nonresident pharmacies from advertising their services in Pennsylvania unless they are registered.

Supporters of the measure include the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Pennsylvania Department of State.

House Bill 1822 now goes before the state Senate for consideration.

Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Tricia Lehman
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